Spe­cial­ist on mis­sion to help the needy

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

Maseru-based Cha­beli Mo­hat­lane says he will do­nate pros­thetic devices to three needy peo­ple as a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

Mr Mo­hat­lane is Le­sotho’s only reg­is­tered ortho­tist and pros­thetist, a branch of medicine deal­ing with the man­u­fac­ture and fit­ting of ar­ti­fi­cial hu­man limbs. He owns and op­er­ates Or­thopaedic Le­sotho, a Maseru In­dus­trial area-based work­shop which pro­vides ar­ti­fi­cial limbs and var­i­ous types of cor­rec­tive and sup­port­ive devices.

Mr Mo­hat­lane told the Le­sotho Times last week that he was in the process of iden­ti­fy­ing two ladies in need of breast pros­the­ses and one per­son who wants a pros­thetic limp. He said breast pros­the­ses were mostly used af­ter a mas­tec­tomy. Mas­tec­tomy is the med­i­cal term for the sur­gi­cal re­moval of one or both breasts and is usu­ally car­ried out to treat breast can­cer.

“Pros­thetic breasts are for ladies who would have lost their nat­u­ral ones due to breast can­cer,” Mr Mo­hat­lane said, adding that they were do­nated by well-wish­ers from France.

stud­ies show breast pros­the­ses im­prove bal­ance, pos­ture and shoul­der-drop which could re­sult due to the im­bal­ance of weight of hav­ing a sin­gle breast.

Mr Mo­hat­lane also said once the re­cip­i­ents are iden­ti­fied, they are go­ing to be mea­sured to en­sure the pros­thet­ics fit their phys­i­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions. The devices would then be pre­sented to the re­cip­i­ents dur­ing a Christ­mas lunch to be held at his work­shop next month.

“Af­ter the ben­e­fi­cia­ries’ mea­sure­ments are recorded, the devices will then be pre­pared in time for the Christ­mas lunch set for 19 De­cem­ber,” said Mr Mo­hat­lane.

asked what mo­ti­vated the good­will ges­ture, Mr Mo­hat­lane said the pros­thet­ics were too ex­pen­sive for most Ba­sotho. Mr Mo­hat­lane fur­ther said he drew in­spi­ra­tion from his father, Tha­bang Mo­hat­lane, who was the coun­try’s first qual­i­fied ortho­tist.

“I have worked and lived closely with dis­abled peo­ple over the years, and I know the strug­gles they face such as not get­ting the ser­vices they des­per­ately need at hospi­tals be­cause of ex­or­bi­tant costs,” Mr Mo­hat­lane said.

“God has blessed me by en­abling me to as­sist those in need. No one ap­plied to be hand­i­capped, so I de­cided to do some­thing to help this vul­ner­a­ble sec­tion of our so­ci­ety as my way of thank­ing God for this gift.”

ortho­tist and pros­thetist Cha­beli Mo­hat­lane

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